GLOWING ANIMALS: Pictures of Beasts Shining for Science

GLOWING ANIMALS: Pictures of Beasts Shining for Science
<< Previous   6 of 12   Next >>
Mice


How does it glow?


Cyan, red, and yellow fluorescent proteins, injected into DNA in embryos (2007)

What can we learn?

A Harvard team working with mice invented the "brainbow." When three different colors of fluorescent protein--cyan, red, and yellow--were introduced into a mouse embryo, the individual neurons of the mouse's brain became one of 90 different colors.

In addition to looking fantastic, the psychedelic mouse minds will likely lend insight into how brains work.

(Read more about brainbow.)
—Photograph courtesy Livet, et al
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.